Fears Tories could come sixth in European elections

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The Guardian reports that Conservative officials fear the party could come sixth in the upcoming European elections.

Sources quoted by the Guardian said that internal data showed the party could do worse than the Brexit party, Labour, the Lib Dems, Change UK and even potentially the Greens, with support at less than 10%. That would translate to only a handful of seats, down from the current 22.

Surveys suggest around three in five Conservative members are planning to vote for Nigel Farage’s Brexit party.

The fears of a dismal performance have been stoked by the fact that the party plans to spend no money on candidate campaigning, will not publish a manifesto and is refusing to hold a launch.

The Guardian quoted candidates running in the election said the party was “almost in denial” that the poll was happening and continued to insist they would not need to take up their seats in the European parliament, despite fading prospects for a cross-party deal with Labour that would enable Brexit to happen before 2 July.

With a dire showing predicted, British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to make another effort to get her withdrawal bill through the House of Commons or let MPs vote on various different options for Brexit within the next two weeks.

The prime minister’s official spokeswoman said No 10 hoped to “bring forward” the bill before Whitsun recess on 23 May – the day of the European elections. However, she will only do this if there is enough support from across the House of Commons, including Labour, to stop it being voted down at the first hurdle.

 

Via The Guardian

 

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